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Night Watch

(Alexandra Cooper #14)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  4,233 ratings  ·  389 reviews
Forty-eight hours after Alexandra Cooper arrives in France to visit her boyfriend and famed restaurateur, Luc Rouget, her vacation in paradise is cut short when a young woman from the village is found murdered. The only evidence discovered on the body is one of Luc’s matchboxes promoting his new restaurant in New York. But before the investigation begins, Alex is summoned ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 10th 2012 by Dutton (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of this series, but as with Kay Scarpetta's, I think the farther we get into these characters lives, the more we hate them. Alex is becoming more sad-sack and whiny and damsel in distress with every outing. We are supposed to believe she is this smart powerful woman, yet she keeps getting involved with criminal losers and needing Mike and Mercer to carry her, literally and figuratively. As for Mike, what once was a quirky sense of humor, is now bordering on snide and mean. I'm neve ...more
Aug 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have long been a fan of the Alexandra Cooper novels, although I think I have missed the last few. I gave this two stars because I found it really didn't hit the standard of the previous installments (had it been a stand-alone, I might have given it 3 stars).

Generally an admirer of Alex's character, here I found her to be a shadow of her former self. The relationship between her and Luc seems forced (and why does she consistently hook up with guys who don't respect her career and have massive e
Luanne Ollivier
Jul 10, 2012 rated it liked it

Linda Fairstein's latest release, Night Watch, marks the fourteenth book in her highly successful Alex Cooper series.

This has been one of my favourite crime series over the years. Alex works in the New York P.D. Sex Crimes Unit. Fairstein herself Linda Fairstein was chief of the Sex Crimes Unit of the district attorney’s office in Manhattan for more than two decades and is a legal expert on sexual assault and domestic violence. This gives her novels that unmistakable ring of truth and att
Monica T. Rodriguez
I have read other Fairstein books, and one or two with the Alexandra Cooper character. But this one was so focused on the relationship between Alexandra and her French lover, Luc, who came off as an ass, to be honest, I felt like I was reading a romance rather than a mystery or thriller. Cooper was constantly contemplating her relationship, while at the same time putting up with Luc brushing aside her opinion and concerns, belittling her career, and giving her the cold shoulder when she dared to ...more
Marya Kowal
Oct 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
So disappointed.

I was looking for a gripping police procedural, or at least a crime thriller, and I got a french swamp.

No, I'm not talking about where they found the body. The author seems to think that the French are naturally rude and cryptic while using stilted dialog and a whiny and argumentative first person internal narrative that make reading this book feel like you are taking a stroll in a swamp, with your forward progress getting sucked down, shoes lost, and muck everywhere. Ugh.

One of
Aug 26, 2012 rated it liked it
The whole Luc thing is getting tiresome, if nothing else this book seems to get rid of him. the Blanca storyline felt rehashed, not one of my favorites of hers.
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I'm fond of Linda Fairstein. I greatly admire her pioneering work in prosecuting sexual assaults back in the day when we were all "asking for it." I know some people would like to go back to those days, but work like that done by Ms. Fairstein would make that difficult. I also like her Alexandra Cooper series. I especially like that she teaches me something unique and wonderful about New York City's history every single time I read one of her books. Like all series writers some books are better ...more
In a crime that could have (and probably was) lifted straight from the newspapers, the head of a world financial organization is accused of rape by a hotel maid. It should be straightforward for Alex Cooper and her band of sex crimes investigators but it isn't. First, Alex is in France with Luc Rouget, her boyfriend. Second, Luc knows the alleged perpetrator. Third, the victim is not completely credible. Meanwhile, there have been two murders, one in France, one in New York, that should not be c ...more
Michele A.
Feb 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
This book just did not live up to what I have come to expect from Linda Fairstein. Throughout this book, Alex was just plain whiny and very much annoying to me. All of her friends and Luc tried to give her the support she so desperately appears to feel she needs, yet she alienates all of them throughout this book with her constant whining and insecurities. The plot was only partly intriguing and the story did not live up to what I have come to expect. I hope the next book in this series is bette ...more
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another great entry in the Alex Cooper series. This time, Linda Fairstein delves into the worlds of high-end restaurants and drug smuggling. While I'm a little tired of Alex and her boyfriend Luc (French, rich, handsome, wealthy, bleah) I always enjoy the relationships between Alex, Mike and Mercer and the history of New York that Fairstein always provides. ...more
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In reality I rated this book 4.5 stars.

As may be clear from the book description, this is one action packed story. With not one but two separate but high profile and complicated mysteries to deal with our Alex has a very stressful time ahead of her. And both story-lines are interesting, well plotted and full of twists and turns. But – and since I didn’t rate this book 5 stars you must have been expecting the “but” – both parts of the story also managed to disappoint me a little bit.

As far as the
*Genre* Mystery/Thriller
*Rating* 3.0


This series has been on my TBR listing for many years now. I haven't missed one book in the series and figure that there are plenty of stories to come that won't be boring or repetitive.

The main reason that I like this series is that Fairstein explores the history in and around the City of New York and she actually has the knowledge of the office of Manhattan's Sex Crimes Unit behind her (20 years). While the story is supposed to be about Alexandra Co
Scott Parsons
Jul 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I have read many of Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper series. I enjoyed most of them. In this one, #14 inthe series, she seems to have lost her touch and run out of steam. Her characters are becoming tiresome. She spends much of the novel bitching about her sidekick, Mike. Mercer still comes across as a calm competent insightful investigator. Alexandra's latest love, Luc Rouget, does not seem real. He comes across as a pretentious and deceitful Frenchman unworthy of Alexandra's attention, let a ...more
Tracey Walsh
Jan 05, 2013 rated it liked it
The first of Linda Fairstein's Alexandra Cooper books I've read for a while - so why did everything seem so familiar?
"...another taut, fascinating foray into the dark side of New York City, this time centred around the city's most glamorous and storied restaurants. With the help of NYPD's Mike Chapman, Alex is set to uncover the shocking secrets that have lurked just beneath the surface of the bustling metropolis for centuries - only to come screaming to light in the present day."
If this had bee
Stewart Madden
How can you support/carry the books of this despicable person of an author Linda Fairstein. She is a corrupt ex NYC prosecutor who took away 5 teenage boys lives away from them allowing her detectives to interrogate these boys and coerced them into making false statements about a rape they had nothing to do with. The 5 boys were convicted of a crime they never admitted to nor never took a plea deal for. They presumed there innocence until the real rapists came forward. DNA testing proved who the ...more
Michele bookloverforever
Aug 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
alexandra cooper is an ada who handles svu cases in nyc. the story opens while she is visiting a lover, luc in the south of france. a murder occurs and her lover is implicated. an attempt is made on his life. alexandra is drawn back to nyc by her boss to confer on a high profile rape case (world banker alleged to assault a hotel maid...sound familiar?). a 2nd murder there unrelated to the rape case also implicates her lover again. it gets complicated. the rape case falls apart and alex is nearly ...more
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
I LIKE these books and never fail to snatch them up from the New Books shelf as they come into the library...but then, I get annoyed w/ the drama and angst that goes on between Alex & Mike...and THIS one was compounded by the just a not very appealing French boyfriend. Fairstein fails to convince me why THAT should be an ongoing part of the stories/mysteries. None the less, I do read 'em and will pick up the next w/out fail - although, as w/ Kay Scarpetta, it may be my last for awhile. Sigh.. ...more
Jul 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
I hate to say it, but this series has lost its charm for me. I have the same complaints that I always do, so I won't even go into them. Linda Fairstein really needs to break out of this formulaic writing -- it's like she regurgitates the same book every time, but with a different theme. (This time it's the restaurant business! Whoopee.) ...more
Jul 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another great read in the Alexandra Cooper series. I really hope we've seen the last of Luc. I've just never liked him. ...more
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I could be biased, cuz I like the author, the characters & the narrator, Barbara Rosenblat! But I think it was another excellent murder mystery!
Sharlene Almond
May 07, 2021 rated it liked it
‘Night Watch’ - Dark Deeds Transpire in the Dark Hours.

Night Watch, named after the morbid patrol period when the really ‘bad stuff’ happens on a cop’s watch.

Human bones at a residence, three skulls left at a successful restaurant, and a dead body found close by. In a sleepy getaway French town, Alexandra Cooper finds herself amidst some mysterious occurrences all linked to her French lover, Luc Rouget – a successful restaurant owner that is about to open another restaurant in New York.

As a pr
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
This was a lame installment in the Alex Cooper series. The murders were ho-hum and I didn't care if Luc was in the middle of them or not. Because I don't like him - we're not supposed to, and Fairstein has done nothing to give him more than a cardboard personality.

The book begins with Alex staying with Luc in France and discovers bones in front of his house the same night that a woman is found drowned with a matchbook from Luc's restaurant in her dress. Alex gets a call from Mike the next day,
Zita Zadrapova
Oct 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
Another book given to me by my local library and I was super excited after reading the blurb. Unfortunately, I was left pretty unimpressed, maybe it's my fault though. This is a classic example of a detective story, although from the prosecutor office's point of view. We have two interlooping cases, one personal involving Alex's boyfriend, and one at her work. Both are, as detective stories, pretty bog standard and fairly boring to read. The storyline is fairly predictable, to me it didn't offer ...more
One of the things I find so interesting about this series is how the author works the history of New York in the novels. You can tell how much she loves her City. Alex does not get to enjoy her vacation before she is called back to NY on a case. It was no surprise that the murder in France would somehow be connected to another one that happens in New York. Mercer and Mike, her friends and co-workers are also a reason why I love this series. They are a great trio of characters and enhance the enj ...more
The portions around Luc and Alex's jealousy, her realization that maybe neither of them truly respected the life work of the other, was okay. I'd be curious to know if Fairstein's description of the French point of view of sexual assault is accurate or not.

There is also a huge case bubbling with a famous former foreign leader and his assault of a maid in a hotel. The case grows more complicated by not only the political elements but by the complex nature of the victim's story.

Whether it's righ
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Just wow. Even though Fairstein gives ADA Alex Cooper some dithering moments that seemed out of character, the complex legal and personal minefields Cooper and her colleagues spend the book exploring were compelling. I think I started reading this on Thursday night and I finished it less than an hour ago. A few years ago this would have been usual, but I haven't read anything this quickly in ages! I'm sure the culinary aspects of the story helped reel me in, but even so, it's hard to imagin ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-2018
Intrigue on both sides of the Atlantic - Alex Cooper visitng her boyfirend ,Luc Rouget, finds a bones and skulls outside his home in southern France. Luc who is a premier chef and restaurateur, is planning on reopen a very fine restaurant in New York City but a murders in France and New York seem to implicate him. As is Fairstein's other books the reader finds out almost more than what it takes to open a restaurant in New York , history of parts of the city and nefarious intent on the part of so ...more
Jun 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-finished
This author used to be a prosecutor in NY. She was a part of pushing for charges against The Central Park Five.
She still insists they are guilty after the city had to pay them $41 million dollars for malicious and wrongful prosecution.
This author is a nasty racist bitch and doesn't deserve to have a publishing contract.
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
I'm not critical enough of this series.
I agree with other reviewers that Alex needs to stand on her own two feet. She constantly relies on men to save her from the situations she gets into.
Her lover, Luc, is really not suitable for her. He has too many involvements he hasn't told her about.
Mike does not seem able to grow or move on from the death of his lover.
In any case, I liked the story line and I look forward to the next one.
Let's see what that brings to this situation.
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
An Alex Cooper mystery. On a visit to her boyfriend in France a young woman in found murdered. It turns out she used to work for Luc the boyfriend. At the same time back in New York the head of the World Economic Bureau has been accused of raping a hotel maid. Are the two cases related? A good read and keeps you turning the pages to the very end, wondering who the baddies are.
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